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Announcing the 2022-23 Society of Fellows Faculty Cohort

April 8, 2022

Announcing the 2022-23 Society of Fellows Faculty Cohort

The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme is proud to announce our 2022-23 Society of Fellows faculty awards. The incoming cohort includes faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences with affiliations in the Departments of African and African American Studies, Comparative Studies, Dance, English, History (Newark), and Spanish and Portuguese. Our external fellows bring expertise in East Asian media.

These fellowships provide faculty with release time (two-course reduction) to focus on a scholarly and/or creative project that advances the seminar theme. The theme for the 2022-23 Society of Fellows seminar is Archival Imaginations. Defining the concept of the “archive” as a mode of inquiry, invention and knowledge production, this theme asks how the study of existing, emergent, or imagined archives can help us to better understand critical societal challenges.

About the Society of Fellows

Multidisciplinary inquiry is built on the strength of disciplinary foundations and comparative skills. The Society of Fellows fosters a multidisciplinary community of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students that support the synthesis and translation of knowledge across disciplines to engage critical societal challenges in the form of an annual theme.

2022-23 Society of Fellows Faculty Cohort  

Photograph of Franco Barchiesi

Associate Professor, Comparative Studies & African and African American Studies
Project Title | 
Labor History, Social Death and the Birth of the Black Worker

Photograph of Harmony Bench

Associate Professor, Dance
Project Title | 
Dance as Embodied Knowledge and Archive

Photograph of Melissa Curley

Associate Professor, Comparative Studies
Project Title | 
Collection, Preservation and Display of Human Body Fragments in Modern Japan

Photograph of Alcira Dueñas

Associate Professor, History-Newark
Project Title | 
Building Empire from the Native Village: Indigenous Archive Making and the Legal Culture of the Colonial Andean Pueblo


Photograph of Molly Farrell

Associate Professor, English
Project Title | 
New World Calculation: The Making of Numbers in Colonial America

Photograph of man with glasses and beard

(External Fellow) Interdisciplinary Artist, School of Music
Project Title | 
Archival Performances: Sonic Archives, Listening and Socially-Engaged Art

Photograph of woman with short blonde hair, white glasses and a white button-up shirt

(External Fellow) Department of East Asian Languages and Literature
Project Title | 
Pulpy Socialisms: Trashy Archives and the Emergence of Postsocialism

Photograph of Crystal Perkins

Assistant Professor, Dance
Project Title | 
 Cookbook Project

Photograph of Martin Ponce

Associate Professor, English
Project Title | 
Unmaking Exceptionalisms: Contending Empires, Nations and Sexualities in Asian American Literature

Photograph of Michelle Wibbelsman

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
Project Title |
Archival Imaginations: Kawsay Ukhunchay Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Art and Cultural Artifacts Research Collection 




Photograph of Wendy S. Hesford

Faculty Director, Global Arts + Humanities 
Professor, Department of English; Ohio Eminent Scholar of Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy

Wendy S. Hesford is interested in the transformative role that critical human rights literacy plays in exposing the violence of representation, revealing hidden, repressed and silenced stories. Her latest book, Violent Exceptions, redirects research in rhetorical studies to the material-rhetoric of the emergency and to the consequences of humanitarian orientations to children's human rights. 

Photograph of Mytheli Sreenivas

GAHDT Leadership Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor, Departments of History, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Mytheli Sreenivas' work centers on the history of modern South Asia, with a focus on women’s and gender history, the history of sexuality and the family, colonialism and nationalism, and the cultural and political economy of reproduction. Broadly speaking, she is fascinated by how certain gendered norms that we often assume are constant and unchanging — such as about family, kinship, reproduction, sexuality or love — are actually deeply intertwined with historical change in the modern world.

Learn more

To learn more about the Society of Fellows program and  faculty and student cohorts, visit the Society of Fellows homepage.